Monday, August 20, 2012

More from Lillian Smith Center

I'm hard at work in the studio every day.  I've been here at in residence at the Lillian Smith Center since  last Tuesday, the 14th.  I've had a residency here for three years in a row and I've enjoyed every one of them so much.  The LES Center is a bit different than Hambidge (where I also enjoy residencies).  Fewer residents at any time, for one thing.  Although Hambidge may house up to 10 artists at a time, the LES Center will have 4 at the most, in four separate lodgings.  This time around, there are three of us here... and two are in the same cottage.

Robert Fichter, the co-director, has loaned me his studio for the week since I'm working with messy media... painting and printmaking.  I'm enjoying the walk through the woods to get there to his studio and take breaks during the day to go back to my cottage for a bathroom break (no water/bathroom at his studio!)

So, here's a bit of what I'm working on there and also a drawing of a wonderful feather I found on one of the morning walks.

Peeler Cottage, where I'm staying

I'm working with block printing while here, among other things.  Here's a block as it's in its last stages of being carved.

Resulting print:

... a reduction lino block.  I'm also printing the last stage over monotypes I'd made earlier.

I had a wonderful gift from above one morning as I finished my walk... on the path was this feather... a wing feather from a Pileated Woodpecker!  So I've drawn it now and will be doing something further with the image before I leave, I think.

And, couldn't end a Lillian Smith Post without a Red Door photo!


  1. It sounds like a magical experience and I am definitely feeling a little envy. It has been a long time since I have done any block printing or monotypes but I really enjoyed it. Yours is so inspiring and the feather, what a lucky find! I imagine you will come back as a full vessel with all kinds of ideas. Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.

  2. 75It certainly looks like a wonderful place to be working. Enjoy it! I'm sure you'll find many more gifts while you're there.